December 12, 2011

Four Minutes is Too Damn Long?!

For "special" children....
I want to know what the hell is wrong with parents these days.

Today on my way home my route took me past an elementary school and a high school.  I should have taken another route because the schools were getting out, which meant a lot more traffic to contend with.

As I approached the elementary school I had to slow down to let the school bus exit the school.  No problem, I'm already driving slow, I'm not in a hurry, and even if I was....what am I going to do about it?  The problem is that this bus traveled just two blocks down the street to make it's first stop.  TWO BLOCKS!  This wasn't a short bus, which I would never even question, but a full-sized bus of rowdy grade school kids.  A small group of what appeared to be 6th graders hopped off.

Seriously?  Sixth graders cannot walk two blocks home from school?  I hopped onto Google Earth and looked it up.  The entire route from the school to the drop-off shows as .2 miles....a four minute walk.  The entire route is on sidewalk, crosses one street (a T intersection) and is fenced the whole route because it runs along the side of one property and the back of several others.

On a whim, I looked up the route I walked to kindergarten.  Wow.... 2/10 of a mile, and I crossed one intersection (not a residential intersection, but a busy one).  Now that I think of it, that is also the distance I cover just taking my dog to the park everyday.

What the hell are parents thinking by making their kids take the bus for such a small distance?  If you are so worried about your precious snowflakes then get off your ass and either pick up the kids yourself, or heaven forbid....walk home with them!  Odds are the little buggers...and their parents, could use a little more exercise in their life.

I bet I have to start paying on a new school bond for a fleet of short school buses so the kids can have door-to-door service.  Hate to break it to some of you parents, but your kid isn't nearly as special as you think he/she/it is.

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